Toccata (2012) 10′
halldorophone, clarinet, electronics

commissioned by Nordic Music Days Sweden
premiered 2012, Stockholm

Cellist Markus Hohti and clarinetist Mikko Raasakka of Defunensemble performing Toccata at Nordic Music Days 2012, Stockholm

This piece explores and manipulates the sound world of the halldorofone, a cello-like electroacoustic instrument designed and constructed by Halldor Ulfarsson that produces feedback tones in addition to usual cello sounds. Some of the instrument’s more unpredictable utterances have been captured and tamed for the work’s electronics component, while the clarinet stitches a melodic thread throughout.